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2018 Browns Give Back Summer Volunteer Blitz: Recap by the numbers

Posted Jun 6, 2018

136 Browns staff and players contribute on big day

1 – In one day, approximately 426 hours of volunteering contributed by 136 Browns staff and players during the Browns Give Back Summer Volunteer Blitz.

2 – Second Annual Browns Give Back Summer Volunteer Blitz, a celebration of Browns Give Back and the team’s year-round efforts to positively impact Northeast Ohio

3 – Core areas of impact for Browns Give Back – 1) education, 2) youth football and 3) the First and Ten volunteering campaign.

4 – Number of trucks provided by AIM NationaLease to help with delivery of items to CMSD schools.

5 – Beginning the fifth year of the First and Ten volunteering movement, which has inspired Browns fans to pledge nearly 2 million hours through the First and Ten campaign.

8 – Entering the eighth season of the Cleveland Browns Adapted Football League, which provides children with disabilities the opportunity to participate in an organized, competitive and developmental sport with the Achievement Centers for Children.

9 – Preparing for the upcoming ninth season of Cleveland Browns High School Game of the Week, in association with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), Browns staff today made pom-poms for fans at this year’s games. Since the program’s inception, nearly eight million votes have been submitted for weekly matchups posted on ClevelandBrowns.com, with fans deciding which game the Browns should highlight each week of the high school football season.

10 – Hours of volunteering pledged by each person who commits to #give10 and join the First and Ten movement, established to inspire fans to volunteer and help their communities.

25 – Amount of step-over pads donated for youth football teams in CMSD and Berea to use in practice.

26 – Members of the 2018 Browns Rookie Class who met and interacted with athletes during a special skills session with members of the Cleveland Browns Adapted Football League this afternoon.

27 – Recyclable containers provided by Republic Services to efficiently collect cardboard and other materials throughout the event. 

100 – Bikes built and provided to CMSD students through the “Get 2 School. You Can Make It!” attendance campaign, helping address transportation as a barrier of making it to school.

120 – Signs painted by Browns volunteers this morning to encourage and celebrate the more than 120 athletes who are participating in the Cleveland Browns Adapted Football League this summer. The 2018 Browns rookie class hand-delivered many of the signs to athletes today during a special skills session at the team’s facility. 

125 – Number of rocking chairs constructed by Browns staff and partners for CMSD to encourage attendance, reading and student engagement in support of the “Get 2 School. You Can Make It!” attendance campaign. Attendees of last Friday’s Browns Partner Summit helped start the rocking chair project and combined for 109 volunteer hours as part of their commitment to give back to Northeast Ohio.

150 – Sandwiches donated by Arby’s for volunteers’ lunch. 

400 – Number of bottles of water and juice provided by Giant Eagles to keep volunteers hydrated throughout the day.

About Browns Give Back

The Browns Give Back to Northeast Ohio with a commitment to education and youth football while engaging the community through the team’s signature First and Ten volunteer movement. For more information, visit www.clevelandbrowns.com/brownsgiveback

Education – A core focus of Browns Give Back is education, and the Cleveland Browns Foundation supports this mission through financial grants and other resources to local, education non-profits to ensure youth in Northeast Ohio receive the education and development they need as a foundation for independence and success. The Cleveland Browns Foundation has identified three areas of impact – school attendance, early learning and college and career readiness – with the goal of identifying opportunities, removing barriers and providing support for students to empower them for long-term success.

Youth Football – The Cleveland Browns are committed to assisting the development, safety and growth of youth and high school football throughout Northeast Ohio with year-round programming for players, coaches, officials and parents. Through camps, clinics and other initiatives, the Browns’ goal is to promote healthy, social, emotional, intellectual and physical development of youth by enhancing opportunities for youth football participation and education.

First and Ten – Launched in June 2014, the Cleveland Browns First and Ten campaign is the team’s community program, established to inspire fans to #give10 and help their communities by volunteering for 10 hours each year. Through First and Ten, the Browns are the only NFL club to promote a long-term volunteering program that unifies the team and its entire fan base, with the goal of impacting every individual’s city across the globe, as well as the franchise’s local community. To date, more than 1.5 million hours of volunteering have been pledged through First and Ten. All Browns fans are encouraged to join the volunteering effort by signing the First and Ten pledge on the team’s website and by sharing their stories with #give10.

About Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s “Get 2 School. You Can Make It!” attendance campaign:

Browns Give Back is a signature partner for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s “Get 2 School. You Can Make It!” attendance campaign. The Browns work hand in hand with CMSD to help solve the problem and remove barriers of students being chronically absent from school, which is defined as missing 10 percent of a school year for any reason. Studies show that for CMSD students missing even 10 days of school has a significant negative impact on test scores and puts students at risk for not graduating. For the past two years, the attendance campaign has met its goal and reduced the level of absenteeism that has the greatest impact on academic achievement, resulting in a 14 percent overall growth in on-track attendance.

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